October 22nd, 2007

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usagi yojimbo: the ronin by stan sakai.

i'm not entirely sure how i put off reading this for so long. i mean, given all the stars in this constellation-- teenage mutant ninja turtles, samurai, the nature of the style (see also: jeff smith). anyhow, there isn't that much insightful commentary i can lay out for it; i liked it, but i expected to like it. you know? which is its own kind of satisfaction, totally different from being surprised by how much you like something. i'll probably mosey on through the rest of these fairly shortly. the cameo by groo the wanderer was cute, but i'd rather see cerebus. in fact, i'm kind of jonesing for some cerebus, now that you mention it. okay, i just ordered some. look, text is disconnected from time! spooooooky! how halloweeny! so the moral of the story is, pretty much everyone who might care how good usagi yojimbo is already knows how good usagi yojimbo is. i'm the last guy on the train. i'm the caboose. you can sleep in me.
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The Dark Eight.


Baalzephon, Corin, Dagos, Furcas, Pearza, Zapan, Zaebos, & Zimmimar.
The Generals of the Armies of Hell, masterminds of the Blood War.
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usagi yojimbo: samurai by stan sakai.

i probably liked this one better than the first one, but then, i've already stated my preference for samurai over ronin. plus, this included a humorous appearance by....godzilla?! & oh, for the record, slotting dinosaurs in to replace animals (given the anthropomorphic nature of the world) is just straight up genius: for a second i seriously considered not having any animals but dinosaurs in my dnd game. then i slipperly sloped & said, "well, maybe pleistocene animals," which lead to hyena, so i recanted. i can't say the idea doesn't continue to have draw. so that is a nice, solid bit of genius. also, & i was talking about this with david, i just like it when there is interesting framing of a story- in this case, a tale related over sake, after a duel, as to the whyfore of the duel. i was charmed, & i think it is probably difficult not to be taken in by this; i'll probably have to read a whole bunch of these now. i guess that will be fun!
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